Wednesday, 30 November 2016
Chelmsford-based Iranian sex gang accused of 'toeing the party line' with their accounts
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The prosecution is concluding their case in this trial. From the Essex Chronicle

Five Iranian men accused of being part of a Chelmsford-based sex and drugs gang are "toeing the party line", a court heard.

The crown's case against the men was summed up in Chelmsford Crown Court yesterday (November 28).

Prosecuting, Christopher Paxton said Mohammed Rostami, 37, of The Renown, Shoebury, had sex with the first alleged victim when she was under the age of 16, raped her, and farmed her out to various men in the Iranian community in return for cocaine and mephedrone.

He also told jurors Mehdi Zare, 32, of Lupin Drive, Chelmsford, had sex with the same victim when she was underage on multiple occasions, supplied her drugs and, alongside Rostami, farmed her out to other men for sex in return for drugs.

It is also claimed Amin Kaveh, 35, supplied her with mephedrone.

He said: "At the very heart of this case are truth and lies. On the one hand she alleges these crimes and these three defendants say they didn't happen. Why would she lie? Bear in mind all she has had to say. She has had to expose all aspects of her life, warts and all. There is no gain for her to tell lies against three innocent men."

Mr Paxton said the woman's evidence should be believed because of the "layers and layers of detail" she has included throughout her interviews and evidence.

"They all toe the party line in pushing [the victim] to the edges," Mr Paxton said.

"It demonstrates to you just how closely these men are linked and just how they are connected. When you stand back and look at the evidence, these five men have exploited these young women, doing what they wanted, when they wanted, knowing those within the group and community would not tell and these two girls would not be believed should they ever choose to tell.

You can believe [the women]. You can be satisfied so that you are sure and I would invite you to return a guilty verdict on every count."

The trial will hear the summing up from the defence case and Judge Patricia Lynch before the jury is sent out to deliberate.

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Posted on 11/30/2016 1:55 PM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
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Wednesday, 30 November 2016
The Hispid Hare and the Polar Bear
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by David P. Gontar (December 2016)

The Hispid Hare and the Polar Bear

Went up in a hot balloon

They had no fear of the Stratosphere

As they floated to the Moon.  more>>>

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Posted on 11/30/2016 10:39 AM by NER
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Wednesday, 30 November 2016
The Stones of Jerusalem
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by Thomas Ország-Land (December 2016)


Hungarian Jews about to be gassed at Auschwitz

1.

THE SURVIVOR

 

                    –In memoriam

                    György Timár

 

Oblivious to his grandson – a gift! –

absorbed in a birthday book,  more>>>

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Posted on 11/30/2016 10:33 AM by NER
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Wednesday, 30 November 2016
Apostasy
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by Dilip Mohapatra (December 2016)

I don't toe your lines any more

and you get offended

and you bind my hands and feet

lock me behind bars  more>>>

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Posted on 11/30/2016 10:27 AM by NER
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Wednesday, 30 November 2016
Waiting Through the Night
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by Bibhu Padhi (December 2016)

Now, almost morning. It is difficult

to know how to steer through

the day’s long cleverness.  more>>>

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Posted on 11/30/2016 10:17 AM by NER
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Wednesday, 30 November 2016
Enigma 12-31
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by Evelyn Hooven (December 2016)

Former companion,

You are not

Who I thought.  .  .  more>>>

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Posted on 11/30/2016 10:12 AM by NER
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Wednesday, 30 November 2016
Children of the Earth
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by J.E.G. Dixon (December 2016)

Prelude

Two men of mysterious origin, named Asweron and Aspison, arrive on the beach of a remote lake in Northern Idaho, entrusted with the task of exploring Earth and reporting back to their sponsors in five years. As it happens, they land close to a log cabin which shows all the signs of habitation.  more>>>

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Posted on 11/30/2016 10:05 AM by NER
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Wednesday, 30 November 2016
Zone Seven
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by James LePore (December 2016)


Martian Dreams by James LePore

The sun rises every day on our planet, just as it does on yours. What we do, however, is project an image in the atmosphere at the horizon so that our people, if they are inclined to wake early, can start their day with something nice to look at. Today it’s the skyline of the city you call New York.  more>>>

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Posted on 11/30/2016 9:58 AM by NER
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Wednesday, 30 November 2016
A Civil Action
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by James Como (December 2016)

 

Heather Hendershot, Open to Debate: How William F. Buckley Put Liberal America on The Firing Line
Broadside Books, 2016.  357pp.  $28.99.

 

Over my seventy years I’ve admired a number of public figures but have given my heart (so to speak) only to two, Ronald Reagan and William F. Buckley, Jr. The answer to the question, Why these two? is simple, though not so simple as to offer it here; fortunately, with respect to my fondness for Buckley, I don’t have to, for Heather Hendershot has provided one definitive answer.  more>>>

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Posted on 11/30/2016 9:53 AM by NER
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Wednesday, 30 November 2016
Sui Generis
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a review by James Como (December 2016)

 

 

Tom Wolfe, The Kingdom of Speech
New York: Little, Brown, 2016.  185pp.  $26.

 

 

Tom Wolfe is back and enjoying himself as much as he ever has. His reporting is sound: historically accurate and thorough, with archives consulted and sources cited. His argument – Darwin’s Origin of the Species and its impact were largely contrivances and no “theory of everything” can account for speech: it simply did not evolve, from anything – is rigorous and, at least on its surface, dispositive: he certainly makes a prima facie case.  more>>>

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Posted on 11/30/2016 9:48 AM by NER
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Wednesday, 30 November 2016
The Ecstatic Erotic Art of Dorothy Iannone
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by Richard Kostelanetz (December 2016)

One myth propagated in post-1970 America held that artists, especially avant-garde artists, no longer needed to go abroad to establish their careers, thanks to increasing largess from our universities and arts councils; but this smug assumption was false, simply because American institutions scarcely supported truly advanced artists, some of whom earned greater recognition abroad.  more>>>

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Posted on 11/30/2016 9:44 AM by NER
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Wednesday, 30 November 2016
Liberty and Justice meet Hubris and Nemesis
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by Tim Burton (Catstrangler 101) (December 2016)


Act 1, Scene 1:

The Tell Mama UK offices, in London, England.

The camera pans across a peaceful scene reminiscent of an old Dickensian kitchen. A large roast pig is slowly turning on a spit above an open fire in a hearth. Two obviously Moslem gentlemen, Abdul and Muhammad, both with big bushy black beards, white pyjamas and little white hats, are sitting back in their chairs by the fire with their feet up on a dilapidated kitchen table. Muhammad is reading the Guardian, while Abdul is engrossed in “What Virgin” magazine.  more>>>

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Posted on 11/30/2016 9:38 AM by NER
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Wednesday, 30 November 2016
Tell Mama Lies: How to Lie About Islamophobia
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by Paul Austin Murphy (December 2016)

Although the image/representation above is from the largest “anti-Islamophobia” organisation in the United Kingdom, American readers will be well aware that similar organisations and individuals exist in the United States (e.g., CAIR, Nathan Lean, the Southern Poverty Law Center, Georgetown University, Loonwatch and many more). And, like Tell Mama, they too indulge in obfuscation, dissemblance and ambiguity. Indeed many happily lie for the cause of Islam.  more>>>

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Posted on 11/30/2016 9:34 AM by NER
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Wednesday, 30 November 2016
Rethinking Dor Bahadur Bista's, "Fatalism or Development?”
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A New Perspective on the Development of Nepal

by Geoffrey Clarfield (December 2016)

1) Introduction

In the scramble to assist Nepal in its desire to reach the standard of living of an average OECD nation, the OECD provides more than 50% of Nepal’s development funding. Clearly then Nepal is a different kind of society than those of the fully industrialized world. But what is its exact nature? Until 1950 Nepal was a classic agrarian state. Since 1950 it has become an industrializing agrarian state, with many of the classic features of this kind of social formation that characterizes societies as culturally distinct but structurally similar as Mexico, Guatemala, Turkey or Morocco.  more>>>

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Posted on 11/30/2016 9:30 AM by NER
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Wednesday, 30 November 2016
The Islamic Trade in European Slaves
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by Emmet Scott (December 2016)

It is common knowledge that, for over a thousand years, Arab and Muslim slavers took enormous numbers of men, women and children from sub-Saharan Africa. What is not so well known is that they took equally large numbers of people from Europe. As with Africa, Arab slave-taking in Europe began in the seventh century – shortly after the rise of Islam – and continued virtually without interruption into the modern epoch.  more>>>

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Posted on 11/30/2016 9:26 AM by NER
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Wednesday, 30 November 2016
SITREP: Could Sudan be the Cornerstone of the Caliphate in Africa?
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by Gen. Abakar Abdallah,[1] Jerry Gordon and Deborah Martin[2] (December 2016)

The Islamic Republic of the Sudan Objective is to Establish a Caliphate
Composed of Sudan, Chad, Central African Republic Niger and Mali

Just after the election of President-elect Donald Trump, Dr. Walid Phares, his principal advisor on Middle East Affairs, spoke before a group of American Sudanese Nuba émigrés in Washington, DC. Eric Reeves of Amnesty International wrote in a November 15, 2016 column in the Sudan Times about Phares’ statement. He speculated on what the Trump Administration might accomplish in the first 100 days to address the genocide by the corrupt Bashir regime:  more>>>

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Posted on 11/30/2016 9:15 AM by NER
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Wednesday, 30 November 2016
Florida’s Immigration History When Ethnicity, Religion and Language Hardly Mattered
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by Norman Berdichevsky (December 2016)

The English Colony, Orlando

Less than half a mile from my home in Orlando, Florida at a Shell gas station is a historical marker in the Conway neighborhood that tells an interesting story. This story is in sharp contrast to the image of the Statue of Liberty’s famous inscribed poem “The New Colossus” at its base by Emma Lazarus and the current debate of how best to integrate new immigrants. Several generations of immigrants and college students could recite it by heart…..  more>>>

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Posted on 11/30/2016 9:05 AM by NER
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Wednesday, 30 November 2016
Hillary's Emails: Why They Mattered
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by Gary Fouse (December 2016)

Hillary Clinton's email scandal from her tenure as secretary of state, may or may not be a dead issue. We don't know whether a newly-led Justice Department under President Donald Trump will re-open the matter or turn it over to a special prosecutor, despite the recent indication by President-elect Trump that he would prefer to put the matter behind us. Not to beat a dead horse, but I do feel that the public at large never truly appreciated the gravity and the absurdity of what Mrs. Clinton did with her sensitive communications as Secretary of State. I say this as one who has had personal experience dealing within the State Department's communication system.  more>>>

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Posted on 11/30/2016 9:00 AM by NER
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Wednesday, 30 November 2016
The Vapidity Translator
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by Bradford Tuckfield (December 2016)

I was struck recently by a passage by Theodore Dalrymple in the Salisbury Review, in which he proposed a simple test for vapidity in political speech:  more>>>

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Posted on 11/30/2016 8:54 AM by NER
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Wednesday, 30 November 2016
On Free Verse: A Minority Report
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by Samuel Hux (December 2016)

I have been quarreling with colleagues for years about the existence of “free verse” (including “some of my best friends” who write it), I contending that while the “prose poem” is a contradiction in terms and an opportunity for people who cannot write poetry to “write poetry” (and not to be confused with “poetic prose,” which is what happens when natural poets, say Herman Melville, try to write prose), free verse may exist—may rarely, may occasionally, may just now and then exist—but is most often merely a miserable prose poem arranged in lines instead of paragraphs.  more>>>

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Posted on 11/30/2016 8:46 AM by NER
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Wednesday, 30 November 2016
A Mirabilary Of The Passing Parade: Happiness
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by Cynicus Americanus (December 2016)

A Mirabilary

Signs And Wonders of The Devolution Of Man And The Decline Of Western Civilization In The Time Of Obama In The Age Of the Gnostics In A Republic of Dunces, A Federation of Twits, An Accommodation Of DumbAsses.  more>>>

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Posted on 11/30/2016 8:41 AM by NER
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Wednesday, 30 November 2016
Mid East Issues Facing the Trump Administration: a discussion with Shoshana Bryen
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by Jerry Gordon (December 2016)

The Trump Administration faces compelling issues in the roiling Middle East upon inauguration on January 21, 2017. Many of these involve allies in the region like Israel, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, and the Gulf emirates. They are compounded by Putin’s actions in Syria, Iran and its proxy Hezbollah in the Syrian conflict.  more>>>

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Posted on 11/30/2016 8:34 AM by NER
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Wednesday, 30 November 2016
After the Liberation of Mosul
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by Samir Yousif[1] (December 2016)

The "Islamic State" is nothing but a paper tiger. That is the summary of the one month war between the Iraqi Army and ISIL in the north of Iraq. The strength of the terrorists was demonstrated, with no mercy, against women and children and other civilians. The population in areas taken by ISIL, two years ago, were simply taken by surprise. more>>>

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Posted on 11/30/2016 8:18 AM by NER
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Wednesday, 30 November 2016
Democrats: Electorate Unheeded, Lessons Unlearned
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by Lorna Salzman (December 2016)

There is no good side to European mass immigration unless you truly believe that there is no such thing as culture, or that culture should be sacrificed for “higher” goals, defined not by citizens but their leaders. The religion of Islam long ago settled this question through its principle of religious unity across the world, in which the concept of nationalism or any other identity has been erased in favor of the umma, i.e. the unity of all Muslims through their religion. This is of course identical to the international left that arose from communism, in which the working class was seen as the international unifying entity, superseding national, ethnic or religious identities.  more>>>

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Posted on 11/30/2016 8:04 AM by NER
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Wednesday, 30 November 2016
Trump’s First and Most Critical War
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Breaking the Siege of 2017 Before It Begins

by Geoffrey Botkin (December 2016)

Some fifty million supporters of Donald Trump are waiting, eagerly, for the President’s January offensive. They want to see Trump be Trump, officially. The fight of the century, for which they voted themselves front-line seats, is the war on political correctness. They want to see Trump take this war to the enemy from the Bully Pulpit -- to see the-world-as-the-globalists-know-it to come to a crashing end. They want their nation back.  more>>>

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Posted on 11/30/2016 8:00 AM by NER
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